Gender fluid model is first male finalist for Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue

by Jenny Mount · Apr 9th, 2021 11:10 am
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Last Updated Apr 11th, 2021 at 9:36 pm

The famous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition may soon make "diversity history" by featuring a male model who identifies as "gender fluid" on its pages. Lewis Freese beat out thousands of other candidates to be named one of the 15 finalists for a spot in the yearly magazine issue.

Freese said that currently he has "no clue" what gender he is at the moment.

"Going through this process I have learned so much about myself and most importantly my identity," Freese wrote on Instagram. "To be honest, I have no clue where my gender really falls at the moment but all I can do is take things day by day and share every moment with all of you."

Advising those who do not like his images to "look away," Freese expressed his excitement about working with the famous magazine, "so we can stop those who judge, criticize, or hate on those who are choosing to be themselves."

"No longer should a man or woman feel they need to fit certain gender standards, no longer should stereotypes exist for sexual orientations, no longer should people hide their authentic character," Freese said.

The 21-year-old said that he would not view himself as the first male to be in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue, "but as the next."


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